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Old 11-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We took Beau to our family Thanksgiving meal at my sister's house, and talking about him led to memories of my grandparents' poodle, Coco. He was a truly amazing dog, and we all loved him. He's one of the main reasons I wanted a poodle for our family. Anyway, I asked if anyone in the family had any pictures of Coco, and my sister handed me an album with the two photos below.

I had never laid eyes on these pictures before, and I haven't seen Coco since he tragically died of some sort of poisoning when I was about 12. Grandpa always insisted that Coco was a "special size," which he called a "Knish." Having learned a thing or two about oversized minis in the last few years, I figured Coco was not really a klein or moyen as Grandpa thought, but rather just a standard; grandpa must have been humorously mispronouncing "caniche," which of course just means "poodle" in French.

Well, judging by the photos, which are dated August 1968, Grandpa was right! Coco does look like a klein/moyen -- or at least, he's the right size for one! He's smaller than I remember, too, but then I was only a kid. (I was nine when these were taken.)

And check out his haircut! Isn't that what Kalstone calls a "Criss-Cross Dutch"? With a mustache, no less. And OMG, is he fat! I'm sure he ate some lousy kibble we now wouldn't think fit for a dog, but this was 1968 and people weren't as enlightened as we are today, right?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little trip back through time. Seeing Coco again -- not to mention Grandpa Teddy and Grandma Betty looking so fit and happy -- really brings the memories flooding back.



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And the way Coco is looking at them, sending love as only a poodle can.
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LEUllman: Those photos are something to treasure!! What a Thanksgiving bonus, and now Coco's memory and legend lives on in cyberspace too. He does look like an over-sized mini at least. (Coincidentally, he's sporting the Dutch Clip a groomer wants to put Chagall in. Could that be an omen to do it?!) I can see your holiday was made even happier by a poodle, one in addition to Beau that is, and that's just delightful to hear.
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Love the photos! I fell in love with the poodles because of my Grandparents mpoo as well. She was the best dog ever! lol

I recently was blessed with a spoo that reminds me so much of her personality and everything. I love my spoo,

I wasn't even thinking but my mom mentioned the other day that the size that I was when I was around my Grandparents dog and the size of their dog is the same ratio that I am now to my spoo! Maybe that is why we seem to fit so well to me!

Isn't it interesting how we are defined by things from our childhood that we are not even aware of.


@Chagallsmom I think that Chagall would look so cute in that cut! I have seen pics of my mom and grandparents dogs in that cut and they were adorable!
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What great photos. Coincidentally, my grandparents also had a poodle named Coco. My grandfather worked for CocaCola and that's where his name came from. Oh, how I would love to see a picture of him. That's so cool that you guys have these photos!
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Thank you, Leullman, for sharing your special photos with us. Lovely Memories.
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OMG -- Coco is bringing back memories of my childhood dog, Pepper (the source of my name on this forum).

Pepper was my dog when I was about 10-13 back in the early 60's. Like Coco, he was an inbetween size and like Coco, he died of poisoning when he was young (only 2 years old).

We got Pepper from a newspaper advertisement for "miniature poodles," so I always thought that he was a miniature. He was certainly smaller than our standard poodle who was his constant companion. Many years later when I was well into adulthood, I learned that anything over 15 inches is a standard poodle and that news came as quite a shock to me! Pepper was certainly over 15 inches--I'd guess that he was about 18 inches. So I was very surprised to discover that he did not fit into the definition of a miniature poodle!

The saddest event of my childhood was his death. Our next door neighbor's lawn was sprayed with insecticide and both Pepper and the neighbor's dog ate the grass and died a not very pleasant death. I cried my little eyes out.

Thanks for sharing about Coco. Love the photos!
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Awesome photos. Isn't it wonderful to find these treasures?
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I love these photos! Is it just me, or is everything and everyone always so beautiful in older photos?
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I am scanning photos now and found some of my first and second poodles I had as a little kid. So like 45 years ago. My first poodle baron looked like my Omar except the haircut was different and my parents clothes in the photos are hilarious. Gotta love the 60s and 70s. Haha


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